Friday, April 1, 2011
AL_A Win Victoria & Albert Competition
Architect Amanda Levete (AL_A ) has won a major public and cultural competition, to design the new underground gallery, courtyard and entrance for the V&A Museum. It will house temporary exhibitions.
Levete described the V&A competition as "a very interesting and paradoxical project" because it involved making the invisible visible. "We're creating a vast gallery that is below ground, so how do you create that sense of there being something underground in a way that is subtle?"
This project is more than just a gallery, it's an opportunity to create a new public space for London – South Kensington's Drawing Room. It is a defining project for AL_A because it expresses the way we think; for the V&A we have made visible the invisible.